Framing dried flowers is a great way to make a beautiful wall hanging with just a few supplies. This easy flower craft tutorial will show you how to take your own dried plant material and turn it into a work of art.
Have you seen those beautiful vertical-framed succulent planters? They are truly gorgeous, however, I'm not sure that I want to spend the money on all those little plants.
Then I got a brilliant idea. Why not create framed dried flowers that have a similar look to the succulent planter? I already have lots of dried flowers and this no maintenance art will last a long time.
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How to Frame Dried Flowers
Instead of going out to buy a new frame, I decided to use an old artist's stretched canvas for this project.
The idea is to use the back end of the canvas and place some wire inside for a rustic look, and to give the flowers a place to adhere to.
First, remove the paper from the wooden frame. Then cut it down in size to cover the front, and staple it back into place.
If you'd like you can paint or stain the frame before adding hardware fabric mesh inside the frame. Chicken wire would work well too.
Cut the wire a bit larger than the frame, and turn under the edges with some pliers. This will help it fit snugly inside the frame.
Then the real fun begins. Use a hot glue gun and place the flowers all over the frame.
Types of Flowers
Here there are a few fresh ranunculus, statice, and green balls that should dry well. If they don't you can pull them off, and replace them with something else.
You can always pick up a bouquet from the store and use the blooms for this project. Many will dry right on the frame. However, they typically will shrink as they lose moisture so you might need to add a few petals, small flowers, or dried leaves with a pair of tweezers to fill in the space.
You could also try using silica gel. This is a sand-like material that you place the flower head in and it will absorb the moisture within a few days to a week.
How Long Will It Last?
This dried flower framed art should last a long time. You can spray it with a little hairspray to keep the dust off. Also, consider hanging it somewhere in a dry place away from direct sunlight to keep the color from fading. You could also set this artwork on a shelf or mantel.
You could try this with pressed flowers. However, they typically are more fragile to work with and don't offer the same 3-D textures that dried whole flowers provide. If pressed flower art is an interest, you can find a similar framed pressed flower project here.
This is my favorite kind of project. Working with pretty flowers and creating something special with their natural beauty. Wouldn't this be a nice project for a wedding bouquet?
The hardest part is knowing when to stop.
How to Frame Dried Flowers
- Hot glue gun
- Staple Gun
- Artist's Stretched Canvas
- Hardware Fabric Mesh
- Dried Flowers
- Remove the paper from the wooden frame.
- Cut it down in size to cover the front.
- Staple it back into place.
- Paint or stain the frame if desired.
- Cut the wire just a bit larger than the frame.
- Turn under the edges with some pliers.
- Use a hot glue gun and place the flowers all over the frame.